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Revalidation practice hours requirements reduced.

DUAL REGISTRANTS WILL NO longer have to fulfil double practice hours under new revalidation rules passed last month by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The regulator has confirmed that practice hours requirements for direct entry midwives who are practising specialist community public health nurses (health visitors and school nurses) will be reduced to 450 hours, from the current 900 hours (450 hours midwifery and 450 hours SCPHN).

There will no longer be a requirement on these individuals to have an Intention to Practice (ItP) signed off by a supervisor of midwives.

'I would want to welcome this overdue change, following much effort on behalf of our officials and members,' said Dave Munday, Unite/CPHVA professional officer.

'While we welcome parity between nurse SCPHNs and midwife SCPHNs in terms of practice hours, we are working with the NMC on the implications of the withdrawal of current guidance that allows our members to maintain a "live" midwifery registration by demonstrating they meet the transferable competencies,' said Jane Beach, Unite/CPHVA professional officer.

Revalidation was introduced at an NMC Council meeting in October, and has been dubbed the most significant change to regulation for a generation.

Almost 16,000 nurses and midwives will be the first to revalidate in April 2016. All 685,000 nurses and midwives on the NMC's register will go through the new process as their registration becomes due for renewal over the next three years.

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Publication:Community Practitioner
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Date:Nov 1, 2015
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